WCATL was held on a brutally cold winter day during the coldest stretch of weather in Atlanta for the past 25 years. Start of the event had to be postponed for one hour due to weather. But even so approximately 400 wordpress developers, designers, bloggers, and other wordpress enthusiasts turned out. I arrived on time which meant being an hour early due to the schedule change. Luckily I fell into an impromptu one hour tour of the venue (Savannah College of Art and Design) by the SCAD director of social media, Jason Parker(@jasonaut), who gave us a great tour of this fantastic facility.
The keynote by Jane Wells covered upcoming changes in WordPress 3.0 such as the merge of single WordPress with the multi-site version known as MU, moving key plugins into core, custom post types, and a new default theme. Automatic is adding more UI/UX contributors to WordPress development with a new mail list at http://lists.automattic.com/mailman/listinfo/wp-ui
I didn’t attend the session by Adria Richards, “What the heck is WordPress”, but it’s a great intro to WordPress so here are the slides.
What The Heck Is WordPress
The first session I actually attended was “Building sites quickly w/ parent/child themes” presented by Ryan Imel.
Other sessions I attended included:
“You’re Doing It Wrong, How to Code the WordPress Way,” by Chris Scott (@chrisscott)
“WordPress Security – Protecting your WordPress from the Inside Out” by Syed Balkhi
“How to Start Freelancing with WordPress especially if you are a n00b” by John Saddington
I was having so much fun attending breakout sessions that I missed the genus bar staffed by the likes of Tessa Horehled(@tessa), Paul Stamatiou(@stammy), Dougal Campbell(@dougal), and Tammy Hart(@tammyhart) to name a few, but heard it was outstanding.
One thing I love about attending Wordcamp is all the interesting people you meet there. One person I met uses WordPress to quickly create websites that advertise his Georgia insurance business where he has over 300 WordPress sites each with a unique domain name representing just about every possible type of insurance coverage in Georgia. If you google virtually any Georgia Insurance coverage type one of his 300 sites will be on top of the return list. He mentioned that when he switched his platform to WordPress from plain old html a year ago his SEO results improved substantially…thus helping to confirm something I have always heard that WordPress is very SEO friendly.
All of the presentations are here on Slideshare.
For more insight into WCATL check out Jenny Munn’s (@jennymunn) youtube video, http://bit.ly/5M2njZ
Also sessions that were held in the main room C were live broadcast and recorded on ustream. The link is here.
Finally I didn’t attend the after party held at TAP but I did watch the video that someone recorded on a laptop…looks like much fun was had by all.
Many thanks to @tessa, @sheatsb, and @cdharrison for all their work organizing the event. I’m really looking forward to Atlanta Wordcamp 2011 (Feb 11&12).